. . . it will be repeated next year after all
As the project manager for Architecture Week, you can imagine my surprise to read your news piece 'Architecture Week a success, but may not be repeated' (aj 4.12.97).
Architecture Week is a joint initiative between the riba and the Arts Council of England. Despite all the challenges of working on this very demanding pilot project - a tight budget, an incredibly short programme, dealing with two clients on different sites, liaising with 120 participating organisations and answering enquiries from over 1000 members of the general public - we are still enthusiastic about the project and are currently reviewing what happened this year, learning lessons for next year. The project team has always been and continues to be committed to the overall objective of Architecture Week, which is to demystify architecture and to persuade the general public that it can and must have a say in the shaping of our environment.
All resources were stretched; we wish we had been able to attend more events to support those organisations participating in Architecture Week. The only discussion that has taken place post-Architecture Week, however, has been how to improve on this year's event in 1998 and beyond.
A more detailed assessment will be available in the New Year when our plans for the next Architecture Week will be announced.
Communique, London EC1